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Poland: The treatment of Protestants (January 1998 - February 1999)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 February 1999
Citation / Document Symbol POL31068.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Poland: The treatment of Protestants (January 1998 - February 1999), 1 February 1999, POL31068.E, available at: [accessed 22 November 2017]
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No information on the treatment of Protestants in Poland could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

However, a 13 March 1998 TV Polonia Satellite Service emission states:

[Presenter] Unknown perpetrators have destroyed over 30 gravestones at the Evangelical Cemetery in the centre of Kalisz [central Poland]. They tore up crosses and pushed up monuments and vases of flowers. Several dozen gravestones were also destroyed in Choldziez, in the Pila Province [northwestern Poland].

[Reporter] The Evangelical Cemetery in Kalisz is situated in the centre of the city. It is surrounded by a high wall. The entrance gate to the cemetery was closed between 8th and 11th March. This is when unknown perpetrators vandalized the Evangelical burial ground. Crosses were broken and stones pushed over on over 30 graves. These included 17th and 18th century gravestones. The losses have been provisionally estimated at 30,000 zloty. The cemetery in Chodziez was vandalized over the same period. The losses there have been estimated at 8,000 zloty. The police are seeking the perpetrators in both cases.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


TV Polonia Satellite Service [Warsaw, in Polish]. 13 March 1998. "Protestant Cemetery Desecrated in Central Poland." (BBC Summary 16 Mar. 1998/NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Electronic sources: IRB databases, Internet, NEXIS/LEXIS, REFWORLD, WNC.

Keston Institute Frontier [Oxford]. Issues 1, 2, 4, 5, 6. 1998.

Transitions [Prague]. January 1998 - December 1998.

Resource Centre country file on Poland. January 1998 - January 1999.

Unsuccessful attempts to contact oral sources.

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